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WVCTM Recognizes Award Winners Print

Pictured left to right are Dr. Vicki Sealey, the 2017 College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Barbara Zingg, the 2017 High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Amy Ritz, 2017 Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and Amanda Freeman, 2017 Elementary School Mathematics Teacher of the Year.  Seated is “The Chair” recipient, Sheila Ruddle.Pictured left to right are Dr. Vicki Sealey, the 2017 College/University Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Barbara Zingg, the 2017 High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Amy Ritz, 2017 Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and Amanda Freeman, 2017 Elementary School Mathematics Teacher of the Year. Seated is “The Chair” recipient, Sheila Ruddle.The most prestigious award given by WVCTM is the Distinguished Service Award, presented to the individual who has done exemplary work statewide in mathematics education.  The award includes a Captain’s Chair with an engraved plaque, hence it is often referred to as “The Chair” Award.  The 2017 recipient is Sheila Ruddle, a retired teacher from Pendleton County Middle/High School. A graduate of Marshall University, she served twice as the WVCTM Vice President for Middle School and most recently was President of the organization. She has served on many state mathematics committees, including numerous curriculum adoption committees, writing teams for instructional guides, unit plans, project-based learning units, and materials for the WV TREE project for state dissemination.  She served as a leader in the NSF-funded Project MERIT initiative and as a staff member of the Teacher Leadership Institute for many years. The daughter of Walter Regula, a math professor at Marshall, Sheila first attended a WVCTM conference while she was a college student. Since then, she has presented at numerous conferences at the county, regional and state levels.  Sheila, a National Board Certified teacher, adapted her teaching to reflect her own learning, both from the classroom experience and professional development.  Each time she taught a lesson it never played out exactly the same way, but each time she learned new ways to make the content more meaningful to her students.  As a colleague shared, “Conversations with Sheila always serve to develop my own mathematical understanding and lead me to reflect on a deeper level about my own practice.”  As an early adopter of inquiry-based learning, Sheila nurtured a deep understanding of mathematics in her students, providing a model for teachers throughout West Virginia.

WVCTM Mathematics Teachers of the Year are those who exemplify the highest standards of mathematics teaching and provide a role model for their colleagues.

Amy Ritz was recognized as the 2017 Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year. She is currently a mathematics teacher at Moundsville Middle School in Marshall County.  A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Amy served in the U.S. Army and then spend time at home with her children.  She then acquired her teaching credentials at Wheeling Jesuit University.  She taught mathematics at West Virginia Northern Community College and John Marshall High School, prior to coming to Moundsville Middle School.  She notes, “As a teacher, I am constantly learning, while encouraging and supporting my students as they learn and apply mathematical concepts. My greatest contribution to education is that I enjoy what I do and truly believe in the potential of those in my classes.”  Amy is also active outside the classroom, serving as a volunteer for both school-related and community-related sports, working concession stands, and soliciting other sources of funding. Among other activities, she has worked at soup kitchens, provided “secret Santa” supplies, participated in river clean-up activities, transported veterans to a VA hospital, and contributed to local animal shelters. She has also conducted numerous mathematics study sessions for high school and middle school students.

Amanda Freeman was recognized as the 2017 Elementary School Mathematics Teacher of the Year.  Lisa is currently a teacher at Kanawha City Elementary School in Kanawha County.  A colleague wrote, “Ms. Freeman provides a positive environment where all students are encouraged to use a variety of strategies when given a math equation or number story. I am in awe of her ability to reach all learners. She really enjoys teaching, and it’s amazing watching students get excited about learning and succeeding. Her love for math, belief in thinking outside the box, and most importantly the way she believes in her students and constantly praises them for their math skills have proven to create a class full of lifelong learners who also share this love for math.”